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DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Denver Nuggets reacts after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOT

 J.R. Smith will be a top free agent, but brings a lot of risk with him. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ever since the Kevin Garnett trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad. They cannot seem to get a group of players together that work out with each other. The NBA is in a lockout right now and there are plenty of worthy free agents, and when the time comes they will have teams knocking on there doors.

The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t need any more washed up players that want second chances. Here are five players that the Timberwolves should avoid like the plague:

1. J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has floated around teams. Smith brings an electricity with him wherever he goes. Smith is a high flying guard with his dunks, but also can be a cancer to a team. Smith can be selfish with the ball. Smith isn’t a leader. Smith is just wanting to be about being recognized.

The only thing that Smith needs is to get on a contender with a coach that will keep him in check, and disciplined to play basketball, and to be a contributor to a team.

The Timberwolves are not that. Whoever the coach may be, this is not the right move. It’s not a right move for the players that the Timberwolves have too.

2. Greg Oden

Greg Oden, the former number one pick, has battled injuries and never got in going in the NBA. Oden is now a free agent, and is searching for a second chance and he may want it with a new team.

The Timberwolves are not that team. Oden is a 7′ center. The Timberwolves don’t need another big guy. They have seven power forwards or centers on the team. This not even a question that David Kahn should consider.

3. Vince Carter

Vince Carter will want a lot of money. Carter used to be good, and now he is at the of his career. Carter known for his crazy dunks, only averaged 14 points per game last season.

Plus, Carter’s defense has drastically gone away. A young Timberwolves team doesn’t need someone who doesn’t play defense, and isn’t really a leader anymore.

Not to mention the Timberwolves already have too many big men.

4. Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown used to be a number one overall pick. Brown has career averages of 6.8 points per game, and 5.6 rebounds per game. That’s terrible for a former number one overall pick. Brown is not what the Timberwolves need. The Wolves already have a former lottery pick in Darko Millicic, and have given him a second chance.

Don’t do it Kahn. Save the money, and invest it on younger players like Derrick Williams, who will be here much longer.

5. Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson is 30. Richardson’s game is on the decline. Orlando hoped he would provide a spark last season, but exited the playoffs early. Richardson, too, expects to want a lot of money. Not worth it. Richardson only averaged 13.9 points per game last year. Doesn’t really help teams anymore, and his former magic three point touch has disappearing.

The Timberwolves should just develop their young guards right now.

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a rebound against Jamal Coombs-McDaniel #4 and Charles Okwandu #35 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Might Williams be a Timberwolve tomorrow night?
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The 2011 NBA Draft is two days away. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the second pick in the draft. The Wolves once again got unlucky as they had the best odds for the first pick, but the lottery didn’t go their way.

The Timberwolves have the second pick and the 20th pick in the first round. Their second-round pick goes to the Miami Heat for the Michael Beasley trade.

So who should the Minnesota Timberwolves draft? Well, Kyrie Irving will likely go No. 1, which gives the Timberwolves the option of taking power forward Derrick Williams from Arizona. Should they? They already have four other power forwards in Kevin Love, Beasley, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Tolliver.

This could make the Wolves lean toward taking a center, like Enes Kanter.

Also, trading out of this pick isn’t out of the question either, as they have expressed in recent weeks.

First off, why should the Wolves draft Derrick Williams? Well, he has great physical potential. Williams is 6’8″, with a 7’1″ wingspan. Williams is also tough and can play through injury, as he did this past season at Arizona with a broken finger on his shooting hand. He still shot the ball extremely well. Williams shot 59.5 percent from the field, 56.8 percent from long range and 74 percent from the charity stripe with the broken finger.

Williams can also play great defense. He is a solid rebounder, both offensively and defensively, and can block shots. Imagine Williams and Kevin Love as rebounders. They could establish themselves as two of the best in the game right now. Williams can also get to the free-throw line, (averaged eight attempts per game at Arizona last season).

The Timberwolves should draft Kanter if they believe they already have too many power forwards. Kanter didn’t play last season, due to violations at Kentucky. Kanter is 6’11”, with a 7′ 1.5″ wingspan. Kanter is slender with only 5.9 percent body fat. Kanter has a nice jump shot that he uses to finish to at the basket. Kanter is a athletic and agile scorer and rebounder, and his game should do well at the next level in the NBA.

I see the Wolves drafting one of those players come tomorrow night, and if not, trading down. Other players that the Wolves might look at if they were to trade down could be Bismack Biyombo, or a guard possibly like Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight—but the Wolves have Ricky Rubio now, so I doubt that.

At the 20th pick, the Wolves could go a variety of ways. I have heard Tyler Honeycutt, the small forward from UCLA; Marshon Brooks a shooting guard from Providence; and Nikola Mirotic forward out of Serbia.

There you have it. Now tune into the draft tomorrow night to see who might the Timberwolves draft. Let’s hope general manager David Kahn makes good picks that will help build this team to a contender again.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils waits to enter the game while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Should Irving be picked number one?
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The NBA season is over now with the Dallas Mavericks knocking off the Miami Heat for their first ever championship in team history. Now, the NBA can focus on the NBA Draft that will take place June 23. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick, and the Irving Minnesota Timberwolves have the second pick.

It all comes down to two players in the top selections. Kyrie, PG, Duke, and Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona. Let’s take a look at who should go first overall in the draft?

First, if were going off team need, the Cleveland Cavaliers should take Irving, as a Baron Davis is an aging point guard. Irving only played in 11 games last year, as he battled a toe injury that kept him out for the majority of the season. Irving is shorter (he’s 6’3″), than recent point guards taken number one in the draft (Rose, John Wall), and is built more similar to Deron Williams and Chris Paul.

Many saw his potential over those games and immediately put him to the top of the 2011 draft class. Irving averaged 17.5 points per game, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. He shot 46% from three point range, and 53% from the field. Also, he had a 1.75 assist to turnover ratio. Early in the season, he looked like meshed well with Duke’s players and was ready to help lead them to a title, but in the NCAA tournament, he looked like tore the team’s chemistry apart a little, especially against Arizona, where he scored 28 points.

I have no doubt Irving is a playmaker. He can make people miss with his crossover, his quickness and agility, and his ability to get to the basket. Not only that he can knock down the three, and get to the free throw line with his aggressiveness in the lane. Irving also makes players better all around him as seen in the first 8 games with Duke. He made Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler bigger weapons, and made the Plumlees’ better in the post, which was not the case during the season when the Plumlees’ were weak in the post, and most of pressure was on Singler and Smith.

Not to mention, a team with a good point guard is key in the NBA today. Just look at Derrick Rose and the impact he has had on the Bulls. A similar debate was in 2008, when the Bulls had to choose between Rose and Michael Beasley. Rose is the superstar now, who was MVP this year, and Beasley has bounced around from the Heat to the Timberwolves now.

The only questions that face Irving is he big enough to be a star in the league, and injury concerns with his toe. Irving also checked in with ten percent body fat, and many had questions, is he fit to play?

Now on to Derrick Williams case for being the number one pick that the Cavaliers should pick? Williams is 6’8″, has more experience (he’s a sophomore), he played in every game this past season and showed explosive athletic ability. Williams averaged 19.5 points per game, and 8.3 rebounds per game. Williams shot 57% from three point range, and 60% from the field. Williams shot 74% from the free throw line.

Williams exploded during the NCAA tournament, and almost lifting the Wildcats to the Final Four. Williams biggest game against Irving and Duke, he had 32 monstrous points and 13 rebounds. Williams kept throwing down unbelievable dunks, kind of like Blake Griffin. Williams also showed his versatility. Williams knocked down several threes, got in the lane and blocked shots, threw down alley oops, and had several offensive rebounds that he just threw down. Williams can get to the free throw line too, as he averaged about eight free throws a game.

Williams shows great size and strength for a power forward. Williams is 6’8″ with a 7′ 1″ wingspan, and 9 foot standing reach. Imagine a dunk contest with him and Griffin? Something I did not realize was Williams played for two months with a broken finger on his shooting hand and still shot 59.5% from field, 56.8% from long range, and and 74% from the charity stripe. That’s tremendous and is what scouts look for. This shows that Williams is durable and can play through pain and will give his best night in and night out for whoever drafts him.

If you were the Cavaliers, who would you take, Irving or Williams?

It’s already June, and Game 2 of the NBA Finals is tonight in Miami. The Heat have a 1-0 series lead after a great game on Tuesday. The big question tonight will be how will Dirk’s finger hold up? Will it affect his shooting? Also, another big question is how can Dallas stop the Big Three? Will they play more zone defense or man to man defense?

The NFL owners and players are talking for a third straight day. That’s good news, right? Let’s hope so. Demaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are at least talking again. There will be a hearing Friday.

The NCAA is still looking into the Terrelle Pryor situation, and all the cars that he has shown up to meetings in. Interesting to say the least. I wonder if Pryor will enter the supplemental draft or weigh out his five game suspension and come back? I mean the Big Ten is really winnable this season, as Michigan State and Nebraska are the top contenders. Wisconsin lost a few players, as did Iowa. Michigan is adjusting to Brady Hoke, but could win 9 to 10 games, too. Penn State could give the contenders some competition as well.

Ricky Rubio is finally coming to the Timberwolves next season, barring that there will be a season. The NBA needs a new collective bargaining agreement. I mean it’s about time, Rubio. Will he be a bust? We’ll see. I’ll say just a starter.

Did you guys see Orioles center fielder Adam Jones over the shoulder catch yesterday? Here’s the link:

Central Arkansas has a grey and purple turf now. Here it is:

 

Shaquille O’Neal retired yesterday. Here is a tribute to the man who won 3 NBA championships, and scored over 28,000 points:

Finally, to end our blog post, this video is going viral right now. I’ll give it a week and it will have a million views. Check it out:

 

 

 

Today, Twins great Harmon Killebrew died from leukemia. The “Killer”  was one of the Twins greats who was humble and a leader on the baseball field. Killebrew was 74 years old. Killebrew hit 573  home runs in his career, (11th most in baseball history,) and is a Hall of Famer.  Killebrew wore the number three for the Twins and the Twins still admire and thank him for what he did for them. Killebrew was the man at old Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, where he would smash home runs over the fence. He was MVP in 1969, where he hit 49 home runs, and had 140 RBIs.

Killebrew now has a street in Minneapolis named Killebrew Drive, and most Twins fans will always remember the great and legendary Harmon Killebrew. I know I will.

In other news, the NBA lottery is tonight. The  Minnesota Timberwolves have the best odds at 25% to win the lottery. Will they? Well, every year it seems like they get jipped, but maybe this is the year.

Top NBA prospects are: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona, Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut, Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky.